Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Painting a Turner Watercolor

Ever wondered about the process behind J. M. W. Turner’s masterful paintings and watercolors? In this five-minute video, artist Carolyn Latanision recreates Turner’s watercolor Venice by Moonlight, with Boats of a Campanile (1840), explaining the techniques and materials the artist might have used as he approached the painting.

Francesca Sinnott, Copley Science of Art July 2020


“At first glance, watercolor artist, Carolyn Latanision, comes across as a delicate woman. Yet, a conversation with her reveals a strength of character and an empathy fostered by growing up in the steel mill town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. An extraordinary watercolor painter, Carolyn is proud to say she has been with Co|So since 1978 earning the title of Copley Master because of the honors she has received.”
Beth Neville, Artscope Magazine Nov/Dec 2018


“Carolyn Latanision’s “Ladles and Cranes Ready; Bethlehem Steel,” is the masterpiece of the exhibition. The symbolism of one of America’s most productive steel mills, idle and abandoned, is heart wrenching. ”
Malcolm Rogers, former Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, jurist for an all-media National Prize Show, Cambridge MA

End of Summer Mohonk

“One of the reasons I selected Carolyn Latanision’s watercolor, End of Summer Mohonk, was her use of color, the subtle shades of green—the restricted color range suggesting Whistler. Her overall color scheme is so complete, every detail so simply and directly stated that it is a porch you feel you know.” Rogers also said a sense of a story seemed to lurk in the painting’s details. ”Not that we know what it is, but the empty rockers, the closed blinds and the darkness under the porch provide a hint of a story,”
Merit Award in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 27th International Juried Exhibit

Beacon Hill Doorway

Juror of Awards, Chris Krupinski, said of this painting: “One would think that by using brilliant blue for the door on the right side of the painting that the composition would be really off, but she enters blue on the ground on the left and on the brick just subtly enough to balance the door.  The blue door gives the painting such a nice feeling.  Everything is nice about this piece.”
Random Lengths News Nov. 2017

Grand Prize Winner!

“This year’s grand prize winner is Massachusetts artist Carolyn Latanision. Her award-winning painting is titled Flanges Bethlehem Steel and her work is a perfect example of the acceptance of more industrial subjects in the field of watercolor.”
Carole Berren, AWS, Juror

Sun in Seville

This painting is strong in its quiet presentation. The composition poses a challenge for itself, but is so well balanced in spite of the potential for a possible static symmetry. The palette invites us to enter the elegance of the scene as it subtly transitions across the page. Beautiful luminosity….the essence of transparent watercolor. What great drawing skills!

More Commendations

NEWS Juror comment about “Hot Valves, Bethlehem Steel”:

Entangled safety valves, check valves, steam traps, tubes, popes, nuts and bolts provide a perfect setting for creating a very fascinating design.  The interlocking shapes, shadow contours, positive and negative shapes, contrasting values and dramatic light patterns reveal a strong sensitivity for what constitutes a strong and sound design.

Frederick C. Graff, AWS-DF, NWS,TWS-MS


Re:  Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club National Exhibit at the National Arts Club

“Carolyn Latanision’s watercolor of a young woman and a young man speaking on separate outdoor pay phones was called “Dueling Phones.”  But it just as easily could have been entitled “Adam and Eve,” given their scanty summer outfits and the archetypal quality with which the artist endowed their youthful bodies.

Jeannie McCormack

Gallery & Studio, October 2005

I love the piece that I purchased. It almost made me get into an accident the first time I drove by, as I was so smitten with it. I thought on it for about a month and since I couldn’t get it out of my mind, decided I should bring it home. Winchester’s streets are safer now. Ha!

From a client after seeing Boardwalk, Old Orchard Beach in window of Studio on the Common in Winchester, MA.

Alanna Colton


American Watercolor Society Member
National Watercolor Society Member

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